Monday, January 21, 2013

Perfectly Imperfect Right Now

Work in process.  Just in time for Valentine's Day,
these necklaces will be making their way to the galleries who represent my work..
Anyone who knows me quickly learns of my love of the hunt.  I was the kid who couldn't resist stuffing my pockets to capacity with any number of things that I deemed to be special.  Pretty rocks...check.  Lucky betcha.  Rusty washers...only if they're good ones.  And they're ALL good ones.

As an adult, I've honed this behavior to an art.  And while my penchant for both found and purchased wabi-sabi treasures has served me well as a mixed media jewelry artist, there's also a fine line between "collector" and "hoarder".

These amazing pottery hearts are a shining example of what I mean.  It was love at first sight for me.  They're perfectly imperfect and what character.  I could think of a million ways that I'd be able to use them in my work.  I had to have them.  And if one was good, more was definitely better.

When I brought them home and unwrapped them, I loved them even more.  So...instead of immediately transforming them into fabulous wearable art, I kept them all to myself.  I moved them from place to place in my studio.  I lost them.  And I found them.  Probably several times over. 

This year, it's my personal mission to no longer save my treasures for the perfect project, the perfect piece, or the perfect time to use them.  There'll be no more acquiring treasures for the pure pleasure of craftily stashing them in my studio.  Instead, I'll begin to rediscover and appreciate all that I already have, and I'll use it to my full advantage.  In work and in life, this seems like a good philosophy to live by.


  1. Ohhh I can so relate to this post, glad you took the step to release the treasures so another wonderful soul (or more) can enjoy your beautiful goodies you've collected. I hope to release some of my art hoard too this year, and by that I mean USE the supplies I have rather than continue to accumulate them in case of nuclear disaster in my bulging studio :))

  2. You get it, Jodi! Whether I obsessively buy because "it's great deal" or rationalize my purchases with "just-in-case...", I think that there's some fear at the root of this hoarding.

    We have to believe that we'll be able to get exactly what we need exactly when we need it to get past this. Besides, I'm hoping to see the floor of my studio and some shelf space again in 2013. I know that they're there somewhere! lol